The Companions of the Right and Left

Not Equal are the Companions of Paradise and the Companions of the Fire

56:1 - 3, Qur'an
When the Occurrence occurs, there is, at its occurrence, no denial.  It will bring down [some] and raise up [others] -

16:89, Qur'an
[It is] the Day when We will resurrect among every nation a witness over them from themselves.  And We will bring you [O Muhammad], as a witness over your nation.

Matthew 25:33, Gospel
[So there, on that Day, We will bring the Son of man as a witness over his nation] and he will set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

56:8 - 9, Qur'an
Then the companions of the right - what are the companions of the right?  And the companions of the left - what are the companions of the left?

Ecclesiastes 10:2, Torah
A wise man's heart [is] at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left -

2:81 - 82, Qur'an
[For] whoever earns evil and his sin has encompassed him - those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide therein eternally.  But they who believe and do righteous deeds - those are the companions of Paradise; they will abide therein eternally.


Sections of Two Ways


The Companions of the Right

The Companions of Paradise - they are the Attainers

59:20, Qur'an
Not equal are the companions of the Fire and the companions of Paradise.  The companions of Paradise - they are the attainers [of success].

90:10 - 18, Qur'an
[So] have [We] shown him the two ways?  But he has not broken through the difficult pass.  And what can make you know what is [breaking through] the difficult pass?  It is the freeing of a slave, or feeding an orphan of near relationship on a day of severe hunger or a needy person in misery.  And then being among those who believed and advised one another to patience and advised one another to compassion.  Those are the companions of the right -

46:16, Qur'an
Those are the ones from whom We will accept the best of what they did and overlook their misdeeds, [their being] among the companions of Paradise.  [That is] the promise of truth which they had been promised.

85:2, Qur'an
[So by] the promised Day -

17:71, Qur'an
The Day We will call forth every people with their record [of deeds].  [Whereby] whoever is given his record in his right hand - those will read their records, and injustice will not be done to them, [even] as much as a thread [inside a date seed].

69:19  - 21, Qur'an
So as for he who is given his record in his right hand, he will say, "Here, read my record!  Indeed, I was certain that I would be meeting my account."  So he will be in a pleasant life - 

Matthew 25:34, Gospel
[For] the king will say to those on his right hand, "Come, those blessed of my [Creator], inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungered, and you gave me meat; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took me in."

Matthew 25:37, Gospel
Then the righteous will answer him, saying, "Master, when did we see you hungry, and feed [you]?  Or thirsty, and gave [you] drink?"

Matthew 25:40, Gospel
And the king will answer and say to them, "Verily I say to you, inasmuch as you have done [it] to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done [it] to me."

76:8 - 12, Qur'an
[And thus,] they [are those who] give food in spite of love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive, [saying], "We feed you only for the Countenance of God.  We wish not from you reward or gratitude.  Indeed, we fear from our Lord a Day austere and distressful."  So God will protect them from the evil of that Day and give them radiance and happiness and will reward them for what they patiently endured [with] a garden [in Paradise] and silk [garments].

[Wisdom of Solomon 5:15 - 16], Torah
[And thus] the righteous live forevermore; their reward is also with the Lord, and the care of them is with the Most High.  Therefore they will receive a glorious kingdom, and a beautiful crown from the Lord’s hand: for with His right hand, He will cover them, and with His arm, He will protect them.


The Companions of the Left

Those are the Companions of the Fire, the Ones who will Lose themselves for what Injustice they were Doing

84:6 - 9, Qur'an
O mankind, indeed you are laboring toward your Lord with [great] exertion and will meet it.  Then as for he who is given his record in his right hand, he will be judged with an easy account and return to his people in happiness.

69:25 - 29, Qur'an
But as for he who is given his record in his left hand, he will say, "Oh, I wish I had not been given my record and had not known what is my account.  I wish my death had been the decisive one.  My wealth has not availed me.  Gone from me is my authority."

67:10, Qur'an
And they will say, "If only we had been listening or reasoning, we would not be among the companions of the Blaze."

56:41, Qur'an
And [so] the companions of the left - what are the companions of the left? -

Matthew 25:41 - 43, Gospel
[The king] will say also to those on the left hand, "Depart from me, you cursed into everlasting Fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.  For I was hungry, and you gave me no meat, I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink.  I was a stranger, and you did not take me in, naked, and you did not clothe me, sick, and in prison, and you did not visit me."

Matthew 25:44, Gospel
Then they will also answer him, saying, "Master, when did we see you hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to you?"

89:17 - 20, Qur'an
[But] no!  You do not honor the orphan.  You do not encourage one another to feed the poor.  And you consume inheritance, devouring [it] altogether, and you love wealth with immense love.

Matthew 25:45 - 46, Gospel
[And thus] he will answer them, saying, "Verily I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do [it] to one of the least of these, you did not do [it] to me."  [And so] these will go away into everlasting punishment -

88:4, Qur'an
[Whereby] they will [enter to] burn in an intensely hot Fire -

107:6, Qur'an
[The ones] who make show [of their deeds] and withhold [simple] assistance.

56:45 - 46, Qur'an
[And] indeed they were, before that, indulging in affluence, and they used to persist in the great violation.

16:24, Qur'an
And [those who,] when it is said to them, "What has your Lord sent down?"  They say, "Legends of the former peoples."

64:10, Qur'an
But the ones who disbelieved and denied Our verses - those are the companions of the Fire, abiding eternally therein; and wretched is the destination.

11:21 - 22, Qur'an
Those are the ones who will have lost themselves, and lost from them is what they used to invent.  Assuredly, it is they in the Hereafter who will be the greatest losers.

7:8 - 9, Qur'an
[For] the weighing [of deeds] that Day will be the truth.  So those whose scales are heavy - it is they who will be the successful.  And those whose scales are light - they are the ones who will lose themselves for what injustice they were doing toward Our verses.

39:15, Qur'an
So worship what you will besides Him.  [So] say, "Indeed, the losers are the ones who will lose themselves and their families on the Day of Resurrection.  Unquestionably, that is the manifest loss."


Enter in at the Strait Gate, for Wide is the Gate that Leads to Destruction

But Narrow is the Way which Leads to Life, and there are Few who Find it

32:13, Qur'an
If We had willed, We could have given every soul its guidance, but the word from Me will come into effect [that] "I will surely fill Hell with jinn and people all together."

Matthew 7:13 - 14, Gospel
[And thus, Jesus said,] "Enter in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in there, because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads to life, and there are few who find it."

Luke 13:23, Gospel
[And so] one said to him, "Master, are there few who are saved?"

[2 Ezra 8:1], Torah
And he answered me, saying, "The Most High has made this world for many, but the world to come, for few."

Matthew 22:14, Gospel
For many are called, but few [are] chosen.

[2 Ezra 9:15 - 16], Torah
[And thus] I have said before, and now do speak, and will speak it also hereafter, that there are many more of those who perish, than of those who will be saved; as a wave is greater than a drop.

12:103, Qur'an
And [so] most of the people, although you strive [for it], are not believers.

10:99 - 101, Qur'an
[But] had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed - all of them entirely.  Then, would you compel the people in order that they become believers?  And it is not for a soul to believe except by permission of God, and He will place defilement upon those who will not use reason.  Say, "Observe what is in the heavens and earth."  But of no avail will be signs or warners to a people who do not believe -

43:78, Qur'an
[For] We had certainly brought you the truth, but most of you, to the truth, were averse.

40:59, Qur'an
[And] indeed, the Hour is coming - no doubt about it - but most of the people do not believe -

50:30, Qur'an
The Day We will say to Hell, "Have you been filled?" and it will say, "Are there some more?"

Isaiah 5:14, Torah
[And thus] Hell has enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure, and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he who rejoices, will descend into it -

11:119, Qur'an
Except whom your Lord has given mercy, and for that He created them.  But the word of your Lord is to be fulfilled that, "I will surely fill Hell with jinn and men all together." 

[2 Ezra 9:13], Torah
And therefore do not be curious how the ungodly will be punished, and when; but inquire how the righteous will be saved, whose the world is, and for whom the world is created.


Most of them were Not to be Believers

Except a Few of those We Saved from Among them

11:116, Qur'an
So why were there not among the generations before you those of enduring discrimination forbidding corruption on earth - except a few of those We saved from among them?  But those who wronged pursued what luxury they were given therein, and they were criminals.

10:98, Qur'an
Then has there not been a [single] city that believed so its faith benefited it except the people of Jonah?  When they believed, We removed from them the punishment of disgrace in worldly life and gave them enjoyment for a time.

37:72, Qur'an
[But] there had already strayed before them most of the former peoples, and We had already sent among them warners.

51:35 - 37, Qur'an
[So mention when Abraham] said, "Then what is your business [here], O messengers?"  They said, "Indeed, we have been sent to a people of criminals to send down upon them stones of clay, marked in the presence of your Lord for the transgressors."  So We brought out whoever was in the cities of the believers.  And We found not within them other than a [single] house of those in submission [to God].  And We left therein a sign for those who fear the painful punishment.

26:172 - 174, Qur'an
Then We destroyed the others.  And We rained upon them a rain [of stones], and evil was the rain of those who were warned.  Indeed in that is a sign, but most of them were not to be believers.

11:40, Qur'an
[And so it was for Noah], until when Our command came and the oven overflowed, We said, "Load upon the ark of each two mates and your family, except those about whom the word has preceded, and [include] whoever has believed."  But none had believed with him, except a few.

26:119 - 121, Qur'an
So We saved him and those with him in the laden ark.  Then We drowned thereafter the remaining ones.  Indeed in that is a sign, but most of them were not to be believers.

10:83, Qur'an
[And] no one believed Moses, except [some] youths among his people, for fear of Pharaoh and his establishment that they would persecute them.  And indeed, Pharaoh was haughty within the land, and indeed, he was of the transgressors.

26:65 - 67, Qur'an
[So] We saved Moses and those with him, all together.  Then We drowned the others.  Indeed in that is a sign, but most of them were not to be believers.

21:6, Qur'an
[Thus] not a [single] city which We destroyed believed before them, so will they believe?


An Angel and a Devil Companion

Seated on the Right and the Left: a Witness and a Driver

50:16 - 18, Qur'an
And We have already created man and know what his soul whispers to him, and We are closer to him than [his] jugular vein when the two receivers receive, seated on the right and on the left.  Man does not utter any word except that with him is an observer prepared [to record].

50:19 - 21, Qur'an
And the intoxication of death will bring the truth; that is what you were trying to avoid.  And the Horn will be blown.  That is the Day of [carrying out] the threat.  And every soul will come, with it a driver and a witness.

50:23, Qur'an
And his companion, [the angel], will say, "This [record] is what is with me, prepared."

54:52 - 55, Qur'an
[For] everything they did is in written records.  And every small and great [thing] is inscribed.  Indeed, the righteous will be among gardens and rivers, in a seat of honor near a Sovereign, Perfect in Ability.

41:30 - 32, Qur'an
[For] indeed, those who have said, "Our Lord is God" and then remained on a right course - the angels will descend upon them, [saying], "Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised.  We were your allies in the worldly life and in the Hereafter.  And you will have therein whatever your souls desire, and you will have therein whatever you request as accommodation from a [Lord who is] Forgiving and Merciful."

43:36 - 38, Qur'an
[But] whoever is blinded from remembrance of the Most Merciful - We appoint for him a devil, and he is to him a companion.  And indeed, the devils avert them from the way [of guidance] while they think that they are [rightly] guided until, when he comes to Us [at Judgement], he says [to his companion], "Oh, I wish there was between me and you the distance between the east and west - how wretched a companion."

41:25, Qur'an
And [thus] We appointed for them companions who made attractive to them what was before them and what was behind them [of sin], and the word has come into effect upon them among nations which had passed on before them of jinn and men.  Indeed, they [all] were losers.

50:24 - 26, Qur'an
[So God will say,] "Throw into Hell every obstinate disbeliever, preventer of good, aggressor, and doubter, who made [as equal] with God another deity; then throw him into the severe punishment."

50:27 - 29, Qur'an
[But] his [devil] companion will say, "Our Lord, I did not make him transgress, but he [himself] was in extreme error."  [God] will say, "Do not dispute before Me, while I had already presented to you the warning.  The word will not be changed with Me, and never will I be unjust to the servants."

[Shepherd of Hermas 36:1], Gospel
"[So] hear now," he says, "Concerning faith.  There are two angels with a man, one of righteousness and one of wickedness."

[Shepherd of Hermas 36:2], Gospel
I say, "How then, Sir, will I know their workings, seeing that both angels dwell with me?"

[Shepherd of Hermas 36:3], Gospel
"Hear," he says, "And understand their workings.  The angel of righteousness is delicate and bashful and gentle and tranquil.  When this one then enters into your heart, he forthwith speaks with you of righteousness, of purity, of holiness, and of contentment, of every righteous deed and of every glorious virtue.  When all these things enter into your heart, know that the angel of righteousness is with you.  [These then are the works of the angel of righteousness.]  Trust him therefore and his works.

[Shepherd of Hermas 36:4], Gospel
Now see the works of the angel of wickedness also.  First of all, he is quick tempered and bitter and senseless, and his works are evil, overthrowing the servants of God.  Whenever then, he enters into your heart, know him by his works."

[Shepherd of Hermas 62:1 - 2], Gospel
And [so] he says to me; "Do you see this shepherd?"  I say, "I see him Sir."  He says, "This is the angel of self-indulgence and of deceit.  He crushes the souls of the servants of God, and perverts them from the truth, leading them astray with evil desires, wherein they perish.  For they forget the commandments of the living God, and walk in vain deceits and acts of self-indulgence, and are destroyed by this angel, some of them to death, and others to corruption.

[Shepherd of Hermas 36:9], Gospel
You see then," he says, "That it is good to follow the angel of righteousness, and to bid farewell to the angel of wickedness."

22:4, Qur'an
[For] it has been decreed for every devil that whoever turns to him - he will misguide him and will lead him to the punishment of the Blaze.


The Book of Life - 'Illiyyun

And the Book of Imprisonment - Sijjeen

82:13 - 14, Qur'an
Indeed, the righteous will be in pleasure, and indeed, the wicked will be in Hellfire.

38:28, Qur'an
Or should We treat those who believe and do righteous deeds like corrupters in the land?  Or should We treat those who fear God like the wicked?

83:7 - 10, Qur'an
No!  Indeed, the record of the wicked is in sijjeen [imprisonment].  And what can make you know what is sijjeen [imprisonment]?  It is a written book.  Woe, that Day, to the deniers -

Psalms 69:27 - 28, Torah
Add iniquity to their iniquity, and let them not come into Your righteousness.  Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

Revelation 20:15, Gospel
And [thus] whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of Fire.

Malachi 3:16, Torah
[But] those who feared the Lord spoke often to one another, and the Lord listened, and heard [it], and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who feared the Lord, and who thought upon His name.

[Shepherd of Hermas 51:9], Gospel
He then who does these things will not be abandoned of God, but will be written in the books of the living.

83:18 - 24, Qur'an
[So] indeed, the record of the righteous is in 'illiyyun [highest].  And what can make you know what is 'illiyyun [highest]?  It is a written book which is witnessed by those brought near [to God].  Indeed, the righteous will be in pleasure on adorned couches, observing.  You will recognize in their faces the radiance of pleasure.

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